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November 1939

Scarlet Fever.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1939;64(5):1131. doi:10.1001/archinte.1939.00190050237019

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This small monograph is well done. It tells the story of scarlet fever clearly and in a readable fashion. The book starts with a history of scarlet fever; chapters follow dealing with the etiology of the disease, its pathology, its clinical manifestations and its diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.

Naturally the authors have a good deal to say about cutaneous testing, susceptibility to scarlet fever, immunization against the disease and antitoxin treatment for it. The volume ends with an excellent list of references to current literature. Finally, there is a good index.

All medical students will like the book, and general practitioners, too, will find it readable if they wish to brush up on what is known of scarlet fever. The eight colored plates are good. If one were critical one might object to the two depicting the "strawberry" and the "raspberry" tongue, but, on the whole, every one realizes that

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